Binghamton Superintendent Reflects on First Six Weeks

By Matt Porter

February 11, 2013 Updated Feb 12, 2013 at 12:47 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Marion Martinez reflects on her first six weeks on the job.

Martinez said the Binghamton School District is well run and her transition has been easier because of it.

"I have been so impressed with the community, I've been welcomed very warmly," Martinez said. "People feel very comfortable approaching me, inviting me to events. Binghamton has a lot to offer, and I'm very happy that I'm here."

She said she is supporting the school board's goals of reducing the drop out rate, reducing the failure rate and encouraging more community outreach with the district.

Martinez has been hosting meetings with the public and community organizations in order to better know the community.

"The adage it takes a village, it does take a village," Martinez said. "Everyone has to own the problem and everyone has to seek solutions to it."

Martinez is working with the school board to create larger capital goals for the district that go beyond 2013.